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Tamil Stars, 2016

HD video

For Emscherkunst German artist Tobias Zielony created a film that focuses on the tamil community in Dortmund, the biggest in all of Europe. Since 2012 the soccer team “Tamilstars” exists in Dortmund, which by now plays in the “Kreisliga B”, the 8th tier of league football in Germany. The team shares its soccer field in Dortmund-Brackel with one other team. In the film the familiar grounds of a German soccer field become the setting of eerie and strange incidents. The floodlights go out and on the field the “stars” of tamil mythology or the booming tamil film industry appear under black light: From evil spirits to “Bollywood-dancers”. The stereo-animation will be shown in an empty shop in Dortmund’s Rheinische Strasse. The lights are dimmed and in the shop-window the “Tamil Stars”-sign blinks – visible from afar.

Tobias Zielony, Tamil Stars, 2016, HD video, Stereo Animation/Stop Motion, 5:7, color, silent, 9:22 min, Edition of 8 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Tamil Stars, 2016, HD video, Stereo Animation/Stop Motion, 5:7, color, silent, 9:22 min, Edition of 8 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Tamil Stars, 2016, HD video, Stereo Animation/Stop Motion, 5:7, color, silent, 9:22 min, Edition of 8 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Tamil Stars, 2016, HD video, Stereo Animation/Stop Motion, 5:7, color, silent, 9:22 min, Edition of 8 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Tamil Stars, 2016, HD video, Stereo Animation/Stop Motion, 5:7, color, silent, 9:22 min, Edition of 8 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Tamil Stars, 2016, HD video, Stereo Animation/Stop Motion, 5:7, color, silent, 9:22 min, Edition of 8 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Tamil Stars, 2016, HD video, Stereo Animation/Stop Motion, 5:7, color, silent, 9:22 min, Edition of 8 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Tamil Stars, 2016, HD video, Stereo Animation/Stop Motion, 5:7, color, silent, 9:22 min, Edition of 8 + 2AP

HD video, Stereo Animation/Stop Motion, 5:7, color, silent, 9:22 min, Edition of 8 + 2AP

Tobias Zielony

Born in 1973 in Wuppertal, Germany, Tobias Zielony studied Documentary Photography at the University of Wales, Newport, before he continued with artistic photography at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig under Timm Rautert in 2001. Tobias Zielony is known for his photographic depiction of juvenile minorities in suburban areas – a subject he already set out with during his studies in Newport. For his first book project “Behind the Block” (2004) he then extended his research to a total of four European cities to observe adolescents in public spaces often during night times. Themes and social realities his research touches upon include structural change, migration and drug abuse, as well as sexwork as shown in “Big Sexyland” (2006-2008) and “Jenny, Jenny” (2013). For “Manitoba” (2009-2011) Tobias Zielony spent time with adolescents of indigenous origins living in Winnipeg and the province of Manitoba, Canada. His critical approach to documentarism manifests in a specific aesthetic and relationship with fiction. People are often portrayed in a casual fashion that is sensitive of the visual language, gestures and poses a person uses to set their stage. In 2015 the artist participated at a group show for the German Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale with his work “The Citizen” (2015). He had group shows for example at Bozar Center for Fine Arts, Brussels (2015) and the 2nd Montevideo Biennial (2014) and solo shows at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2011) and Berlinische Galerie (2013). He participated in the International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York, and was awarded the Karl-Ströher-Preis in 2011.



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